By Russell Edge

31st Jan, 2018 | 5:15am

Confirmed: Leeds to announce deadline-day transfer exit as Christiansen reveals successor

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that the club will announce the transfer of Andy Lonergan to Sunderland on Wednesday and that they will not be looking to sign a replacement on transfer deadline day.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper was on the bench for the Whites’ 0-0 draw against Hull City on Tuesday but was revealed by the manager to be joining the club’s Championship rivals less than 24 hours later.
However, as stated on the personal Twitter account of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay, the Danish coach will be looking at promoting one of either Bailey Peacock-Farrell or Kamil Miazek from the reserve team to the first team squad, instead of signing another stopper to compete with first choice Felix Wiedwald.

Lonergan made just nine appearances during his second spell at Elland Road after joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers over the summer, and has a total of 47 Leeds outings to his name.
Football Insider verdict
Lonergan’s departure always seemed reliant on the club securing the services of another senior shot stopper, so it could well be that the club have failed in their pursuit late on in the window. Still, it shows a lot of faith in Wiedwald, who has been shaky this season, to allow his main competition for a place between the sticks to depart. With just Championship fixtures for the Whites from now on, only injury or suspension will see the German drop out, as poor form will not be enough to push the inexperienced youngsters into the first team firing line. Is it a risk? Absolutely, and one which fans will be hoping does not come to bite the club.
In other Leeds United news, fans were left raving over the performance of one man in the draw against Hull.

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